About Working Groups


OpenID Foundation Working Groups

The vast majority OIDF work is done in Working Groups.  A working group is focused on a specific problem, technology, or opportunity for which the members will deliver a document or series of documents, after which they may disband or create a revised charter for further work. The completion of a working group charter and subsequent disbanding of the group are viewed as a sign of success.

Current working groups are listed at the top of the page – click here for links to charters and mailing lists.

You do not need to be a member of the Foundation to participate in a working group but you must agree to the IPR Policy by executing a Contribution Agreement. This allows anyone to participate in technology development while ensuring that the specifications remain freely implementable by anyone.

To “join” a Working Group, you need to execute the IPR contribution agreement and subscribe to the groups’ mailing list. The mailing list provides a forum for those who wish to follow, or contribute to, the Groups’ efforts.  Instructions for joining working group mailing lists are available in the list of Current Work Groups.

Each working group has one or more editors and a charter that the group is supposed to follow. The charter states the scope of discussion for the working group, as well as its goals and milestones. The working group’s mailing list and meetings should focus on its charter and not to wander off topic.

Additional information is available in the OIDF Process Document

Specs council’s mail address is: specs-council@openid.net

Forming a New Working Group

Any group of at least 5 contributors may form a WG by submitting a proposal via the mailing list specs@openid.net; such proposal will include a Charter and Background Information.

Additional information is available in the OIDF Process Document